Sausage Meatballs in Tomato Sauce Recipe

Serves 3 – 4

Prep time – 10 minutes
Cooking time – 30 minutes
Total time – 40 minutes

You will need
A large non stick skillet/pan with lid.

Ingredients
Meatballs

450g sausage meat
1 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp dried basil
1 tsp dried rosemary
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
3 heaped dessert spoons of fresh bread crumbs

Sauce
1 tbsp olive oil
1 large carrot – finely diced (or blitzed in a food processor)
1 large onion – finely diced (or blitzed in a food processor)
2 cloves garlic – crushed
1 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp dried basil
1 tsp dried rosemary
2 anchovy fillets
1 tbsp tomato puree/paste
2 x 14oz/400g can chopped tomatoes
grated Parmesan and chopped parsley to garnish

Method

In a bowl combine the sausage meat, 1 tsp each of oregano, basil and rosemary, the salt and pepper, and the bread crumbs.
Place the skillet over a medium heat.
Smush the sausage meat et al all together with your hands (or a fork) and make about 32 little balls, placing each one straight into the bottom of the skillet as it heats up.
Brown the meatballs all over, for about 3 – 5 minutes then remove from the pan and set aside.
Return the pan to the heat and add the olive oil, carrot and onion, stir and pop the lid on. Cook gently for about 5 minutes until softened, remembering to occasionally lift the lid and stir.
Mix in the garlic, herbs, anchovy fillets and tomato puree then stir in the 2 cans of chopped tomatoes.
Pop the lid back on and allow to simmer for 10 minutes.
Remove the lid and gently add the meatballs to the tomato sauce. Give the pan a little shake to help them settle a little deeper. Do not stir at this stage as they may break apart.
Pop the lid back on and cook for a further 10 minutes or until meatballs are cooked through.
Garnish with grated Parmesan and chopped parsley and serve with your favourite pasta or rice – we had ours with Manfredine pasta.